Day 17 - Dublin

Trip Start Apr 20, 2009
Trip End May 16, 2009

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Flag of Ireland  , County Dublin,
Thursday, May 7, 2009

I slept in very much, which meant we missed breakfast (which finished at 10am, more annoying when we discovered the next day that breakfast had been free) but eventually headed off to pick up our Dublin pass. The Dublin pass costs lots of money (like €45) but would get us into all the attractions for nothing after that and most of the things we wanted to see were €15 anyway. Then it was definitely time for breakfast, so we basically picked the first place we came to which was a very busy café. We both had the full Irish breakfast, because one cannot explore Dublin on anything less I think.
We had previously agreed to check out Dublin Zoo. It, like many zoos, had animals. Some of them were very cute however, we spent a while looking at a particular chimp who was being stimulated by a large bit of carrot which was placed on top of the cage. The carrot was too large to get through the grate, and he worked out that manipulating the carrot to different angles didn't work to get it through, so he used brute force to eventually get it through. While at Dublin Zoo, I laughed at paying €4 ($AU8) for a tiny tub of ice-cream, however it was cookie-dough and hard to pass up and because the ice-cream was cold, and Dublin was cold, I ate it with coffee.
Eventually we saw what there was to see in Dublin and so it was time to see a magical place - the Guinness Storehouse. Twas full of wonder and excitement, much like other breweries I had visited and very focused on the tourist with wide open spaces and exhibits. Of particular interest was the different bottles and advertising they had over the years (as the manufacture of beer was of no longer anything novel to me). There was also a floor (there were 7 floors) devoted with drinking responsibly or they referred to it as "choice" and some very gay videos about losing ones inhibitions while under the influence. One of the stories told a "horrifying" incident where a young women called a gentleman she had just met by the incorrect name. (sc) Oh, what a disaster. I presume the videos were actually intended to not discourage drinking at all but to convey a false sense of social responsibility.
Along the way was a small tasting of Guinness and there was also a chance to pull your own but we were running low on time and had to make it to the top floor where we would get a full sized Guinness in a bar which had a 360° view of Dublin. I have been informed that Noni will dispute it if I write "Noni was drunk" (she was very happy though... so perhaps she was drugged instead by the magic Guinness fairies) so I will write nothing of the sort. We did both agree however that it was very important to obtain some form of stew or hearty meal and I thought all the tourist places in the Temple Bar area where we were staying  (while it would cost us a small fortune) would be satisfactory gastronomically. Indeed, we did find a fine looking place which served a tasty first course (I had fried mushrooms with a garlic sauce) and an equally delightful main (Guinness stew).
The thing that hotels has over hostels, okay there's probably quite a few things, but this thing in particular is that there is TV to watch when you feel like becoming a vegetable. Which I did and so that was my evening, and the TV was English which was also probably an advantage (though I'm pretty sure I would have watched the TV anyway).
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